Rinaldo Walcott at Word On The Street

September 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Celebrate the finalists for the 2021 Toronto Book Awards, and honour books of literary merit that are inspired by the city! Presented by the City of Toronto, the winner will be announced this fall. On Property will be among the books featured on Wednesday, Sept 22 from 8-9PM EDT. Rinaldo Walcott will be joined by Catherine Graham, Catherine Hernandez, Justin Ling, Kim Echlin, and Faye Guenther.

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From plantation rebellion to prison labour’s super-exploitation, Walcott examines the relationship between policing and property.

That a man can lose his life for passing a fake $20 bill when we know our economies are flush with fake money says something damning about the way we’ve organized society. Yet the intensity of the calls to abolish the police after George Floyd’s death surprised almost everyone. What, exactly, does abolition mean? How did we get here? And what does property have to do with it? In On Property, Rinaldo Walcott explores the long shadow cast by slavery’s afterlife and shows how present-day abolitionists continue the work of their forebears in service of an imaginative, creative philosophy that ensures freedom and equality for all. Thoughtful, wide-ranging, compassionate, and profound, On Property makes an urgent plea for a new ethics of care.


Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.


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